Parent Information for Spring 2021

From Lynne Waugh, Executive Director of University College Academic Advising, for the March 2021 Appalachian Connections newsletter for parents and families.

Academic Advising and Class Registration for Summer and Fall 2021

As we enjoy more milder weather, it is time for ACADEMIC ADVISING and PREPARATION FOR SUMMER and FALL CLASS REGISTRATION! Advising is happening now and Class Registration will take place April 1-15 and beyond. The following is some important advising information to discuss with your students. Also, if your student needs academic assistance please have them review the Student Learning Center resources such as small group tutoring, learning labs, peer academic coaching, and success strategies for online learning.

Academic Advising

Students who have not officially declared their majors are advised in University College (UC) and mostly in the Academic Advising and Orientation Center (AAOC). (*See note below). Fortunately, many of our students have already been advised so please ask your students if they have completed this important process.

Academic Advising and Orientation Center (AAOC) Students:

AAOC students who are REQUIRED to meet with an advisor prior to class registration are:

  • New first-year or transfer students (entered this semester)
  • Freshmen (less than 30 earned semester hours)
  • Students with less than a 2.0 cumulative GPA
  • Juniors (60+ earned hours) and Seniors (90+ earned hours) who are eligible to declare their majors and have been at App State for at least one semester

Advising Appointments:

AAOC students with required advising should schedule an advising appointment ASAP through AdvisorTrac if they haven't already. Students with required advising must meet with their advisors in order to get a PIN to access the registration system.

AAOC students who are not required to be advised are certainly encouraged to meet with their advisor to stay on track.

*Student Support Services (SSS), ACCESS Program, and Honors College Students:

These students should follow the specific instructions from their advisors regarding scheduling appointments.

Before meeting with an academic advisor and before registration, a student should:

  • Schedule an appointment with their academic advisor NOW! Our calendars get booked early so students should plan ahead!
  • Login to DegreeWorks to review their degree audit and assess the remaining courses for degree requirements (General Education, major, minor if required, and electives).
  • Review General Education and advising information in the 2020-21 Mountaineer Advising Planner (For Summer 2020 and January 2021, this was an online resource reviewed at new student Orientation. Previously, this was a spiral-bound planner received at new student Orientation).
  • Review potential majors and major requirements in the Undergraduate Bulletin and the Four Year Guides.
  • Develop a list of classes to take during summer and/or fall based on General Education, major, and minor requirements and take the list to the meeting with the advisor.
  • Follow any specific instructions from their advisor for preparing for the advising appointment.
  • If undecided on a major, the student should review and utilize the Career Development Center resources for assistance, especially their Explore Majors and Careers page.
  • Review Registration and Classes information before registering for classes.
  • Check AppalNet (Student tab>Registration link>Check Your Registration Status) to see their registration day and time and if they have any holds that will prevent registration. If your student has registration holds, they should contact the appropriate office to try and get those taken care of before their registration day and time.

Early Registration for Summer and Fall Classes:

Early Registration begins on April 1 (for seniors) and continues through April 15 and beyond but THE EARLIER THE BETTER because classes fill up quickly.

Academic Advising for Students Who Have Officially Declared Their Majors:

Students who have declared their majors and moved from University College may have required advising in their Colleges or departments. Students should review their Colleges/School/Departments websites to learn about the advising process in those areas. For many departments, a student's academic advisor is listed on DegreeWorks but if not, a student should contact their major department or College.

It is likely that your student is doing well academically and may be placed on the Dean's List or Chancellor's List this semester, but here is some information for students who earn less than a 2.0 cumulative GPA:

Academic Probation and Continued Probation:

Students who earn less than a 2.0 cumulative GPA are placed on academic probation, the first semester of probation (*see IMPORTANT note below). The second and final semester of probation is called continued probation. Students on academic or continued probation or who expect to be placed on probation should meet with their advisors as soon as possible to create an Action Plan for getting back into good academic standing. Working together, we can help your student get back on track. Unfortunately, students who have used two semesters of academic probation will be placed on academic suspension.

*Students who earn a 0.0 GPA during their first semester at Appalachian will be placed on academic suspension and do not receive two semesters of academic probation.

Academic Suspension:

Students who are placed on academic suspension have either earned a 0.0 GPA during the first semester at App State or have already used 2 semesters of academic probation. Students who are placed on or are expecting to be placed on academic suspension should meet with their advisors immediately to discuss their options.

Again, please check with your student to be sure they have been advised for next semester and will be ready for class registration in April. Best wishes to your students for a productive, successful semester!